Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies


Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies

First Advisor

Jerome A. Schaffran


The career decision-making processes and global self-esteem of the University of Rhode Island Fall, 1992 honors students were analyzed. Eighty seven honors curriculum participants were administered the Career Decision Scale, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and a demographic information sheet. The results of the study did not reveal a significant relationship between the variables of global self-esteem and career decision-making. However, the findings suggest that academically talented honors students in this sample did, to an extent, exhibit unique career development needs worthy of specialized services. The general findings of this study suggest the following issues played a role in the career decision-making processes of the subjects in this sample: the multipotential nature of the subjects, high external expectation, diminished motivation with respect to career decision-making, and lack of career information. It is recommended that the career development needs of academically talented college honors students be addressed through continued research and through specialized programming and/or services.



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